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Murkowski Addresses Senate on the Judge Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, tonight addressed the Senate on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Following is a prepared text of Sen. Murkowski's floor speech: PREPARED REMARKS OF SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI ON THE NOMINATION OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR AUGUST 5, 2009 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY The decision whether to confirm a President's nominee to the Supreme Court is one of the most significant decisions any of us will make dur… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls on Forest Service to Release Plan on Firefighting Aircraft

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today expressed disappointment with the Forest Service's planning for maintaining sufficient firefighting aircraft resources after review of an audit of the plan conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General. Two weeks ago at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on wildfire preparedness, Murkowski called on the Forest Service to provide Congress with a report on how it plans to com… Continue Reading


Murkowski Resolution Recognizes National Airborne Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate has passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island designating Sunday, August 16, 2009 as National Airborne Day. The resolution, S. Res. 235, passed the Senate Monday evening and was cosponsored by 29 Senators, including U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. National Airborne Day commemorates the successful first jump of the Army Parachute Test Platoon on August 16, 1940, which helped cont… Continue Reading


Senators Send Letters in Support of Kensington Mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, on Monday sent two letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging the agency to quickly complete permitting of the Kensington gold mine in Southeast Alaska. The first letter detailed the senators' concerns with recent efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to intercede in the permitting of the mine, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Corps was the proper permitting agency. … Continue Reading


Murkowski Saves Program to Help Alaska Communities Facing High Energy Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, successfully turned back an effort by the White House and a leading senator to strike a $17.5 million high energy cost grant program important to Alaska rural communities that was included in a $124.5 billion Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 under debate in the Senate. U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, offered an amendment to strike the high energy cost provision sponsored by Murkowski, saying that the g… Continue Reading


Sen. Murkowski’s Statement on the Passing of Lu Young

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Don Young's wife, Lu: "Verne and I were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Lu Young, a true Alaskan who loved her state and its people dearly. Anyone who visited Congressman Young's Washington, D.C., office was wrapped in the presence of Lu Young, and the office will not be the same without her. "Lu and Don were a true team, and her presence was fel… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants and contracts awarded to communities in the State of Alaska: U.S. Department of Agriculture: $154,875 to the City of Kasaan in order to complete a Preliminary Engineering Report and Environmental Report to design a new water treatment plant and water tank. $75,000 to the Kokhanok Village Council in order to complete a Preliminary Engineering Report and an Environmental Report for a p… Continue Reading


Town Halls to Take Place in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Wasilla and Soldotna

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told several thousand Alaskans during a "Telephone Town Hall" meeting Thursday night that she will hold four Alaska-based town hall meetings focused on health care during the August congressional recess. The town hall meetings will occur on Thursday, August 13 in Fairbanks; Thursday, August 20 in Anchorage; Friday, August 28 in Wasilla and Saturday, August 29 in Soldotna. Murkowski announced the Alaska town hall meetings while on… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls on Obama Administration to Use Unspent Stimulus Money to Continue 'Cash for Clunkers' Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on the Secretaries of the Treasury and Transportation to consider using economic stimulus package money to continue the Cash for Clunkers program, which has run out of money after only one week. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Murkowski noted that last week's rollout of the program was delayed in Alaska, thanks to a computer glitch on a federal website that te… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Begich Staffs to Visit Tanana Valley State Fair

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, today announced that members of their staffs will be on site at the Tanana Valley State Fair from August 7-15, 2009, to meet with constituents as part of their 2009 mobile office tour. Mobile office staff will be available at the fair from noon - 10:00 p.m. Congressional staff hold mobile office hours in Alaska in order to meet with constituents and community leaders. During their mobile office hour… Continue Reading


Murkowski Calls for Quick Resumption of Alaska Offshore Leasing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to complete as quickly as possible the environmental impact analysis required by the DC Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals to allow oil and gas leasing off the coast of Alaska to resume. "As I understand it, Interior started the environmental analysis almost immediately after the court's initial ruling this spring, which halted the leasing plan," Murkowski said. "Given that an analysis r… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces Senate Passage of Funding for Alaska Projects in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than $54 million in projects for Alaska has been included in the Energy and Water Development spending bill that cleared the full Senate today, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Energy and Water Development appropriations bill, which passed by a 85-9 vote, must now be reconciled with the House-passed version. The bill includes $11.96 million for the Denali Commission. The Denali Commission money woul… Continue Reading


Murkowski Urges Obama Administration to Send in Federal Health Personnel to Help Alleviate Medicaid Moratorium Patient Backlog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to send in federal reinforcements to ensure that disabled, elderly and low income Alaskans are able to access critical in-home care services. In a phone call with and follow-up letter to Sebelius, Murkowski asked the Secretary to send U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps doctors, nurses and other health professionals to Alaska to eliminate the backlog affecting pa… Continue Reading


Murkowski Secures Funding for Anchorage’s Abused Women’s Shelter

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, secured $200,000 for the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis, or AWAIC, shelter in Anchorage in a Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill that cleared the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee today. "This funding will help AWAIC make needed structural repairs to its facility so they can continue providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence," said Murkowski, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Tr… Continue Reading


Murkowski Donates Library of Congress Books to Alaska Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced donations of books from the Library of Congress to rural school districts in the unorganized areas of the state that have few local resources available for book purchases. In recent weeks, Sen. Murkowski has sent new books and maps to the Alaska Gateway, Bering Strait, Delta-Greely, Kashunamiut, Kuspuk, Lower Kuskokwim, Lower Yukon, Pribilof and Southeast Island school districts. Over the coming weeks and months, Sen. Mur… Continue Reading


Murkowski Requests Indian Affairs Hearing on 8(a) Contracting Preferences

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today called on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold a hearing this fall on the Native American 8(a) program. Murkowski is a member and former vice-chair of the panel. In a letter to Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan, D-ND, and Vice Chairman John Barrasso, R-WY, Murkowski referenced a July 16, 2009, hearing chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, on "Contracting Preferences for Alaska Native Corporations." McCaskill chairs the Subco… Continue Reading


Delegation Letter Details Flaws in EPA's Position on Kensington Mine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her agency to clear the way for development of the Kensington gold mine near Juneau, which could create hundreds of jobs for a region hard-hit economically. The letter detailed the senators' concerns with EPA's position on the mine and cited factual and legal flaws in the agency's arguments opposing Coeur Alaska's tailings permit for the mine. T… Continue Reading


Murkowski Announces $16.8 Million in Funding for Alaska Projects in Appropriations Bill for Health, Education and Labor Departments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly $17 million in projects for Alaska has been included in a $163.1 billion Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bill that cleared the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee today, announced U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill is scheduled for a vote by the full appropriations panel Thursday before moving to the Senate floor for consideration. Funding for the Denali Commissi… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Feingold-Murkowski Effort to Help Wounded Troops

Washington, D.C. - Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a Defense authorization bill, which included a bipartisan amendment offered by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to help troops transitioning to civilian life and to ensure forces here at home are better prepared to respond to emergencies. The amendment, based on their bipartisan Wounded Warrior Transition Assistance Act, will help ensure wounded service members of the Guard and Reserves are not discharged before their i… Continue Reading


Murkowski and Landrieu Introduce OCS Revenue Sharing Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, have introduced legislation that would guarantee a fair share of offshore oil and natural gas revenue to coastal states. The Domestic Energy Security Act of 2009 provides coastal states, including Alaska, a 37.5-percent stake in energy development off their shores. "This bipartisan bill will serve as the foundation for Alaska and other states to balance local economic and environmental concerns wit… Continue Reading

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